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Masterpiece Theatre
Bleak House (2006)
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

3606- Part 6- Bucket takes the case, quickly learning from Clamb that George was seen at the scene of the crime and had previously issued violent threats against Tulkinghorn. Smallweed gets his own back by fingering George as a potential suspect to Bucket. He also demands the return of the Hawdon letters he sold to Tulkinghorn, but Bucket is having none of it. George admits to Bucket that he went to the lawyer's office that night, but denies the murder. He also mentions passing a woman in a black-fringed shawl on the stairs. Lady Dedlock admits that she did visit Tulkinghorn that night, and knocked at his door, but received no reply and left. She may have passed someone on the stairs. Bucket thanks her and calls in his constable. But the woman who he points to as the murderess is Hortense. Clamb has given the Hawdon letters back to Smallweed who intends to blackmail Sir Leicester. Knowing her secret is out, Lady Dedlock takes off her jewelry and writes a note of apology. Then, she flees Chesney Wold. When Sir Leicester reads the note, his devastated reaction triggers a stroke. Smallweed discovers an important document among Krook's many papers: a will from the original John Jarndyce, which predates all the others in the case. Kenge and Vholes confirm its veracity, and reveal that it will considerably increase Richard's interests in the case while reducing Jarndyce's share. Chancery is in uproar: the case is over for good. There wasn't even time to submit the new will because everything has been consumed in costs. Richard tries to make a last complaint to the Chancellor, but is stopped when his mouth fills with blood. As he dies, Richard reconciles with Jarndyce.



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